2016 - 2018
The South Coast Marine and Coastal Rehabilitation Adaptation Project to improve Ecosystem Health and Build Resilience to Climate Change will be implemented in the South Coast Marine Conservation Area. Funding for this work has been provided by the German Development Bank (KfW) in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC).
The CCCCC coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to climate change, working on effective solutions and projects to combat the impacts of climate change and global warming.
The CCCCC in partnership with KfW signed an agreement through the CARICOM Secretariat, for the implementation of the Coastal Protection for Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island States in the Caribbean Project. This project concerns the implementation of local adaptation measures for the sustainable improvement of coastal ecosystems relevant for climate change adaptation in SVG, among other small island nations. The South Coast Marine and Coastal Rehabilitation Adaptation Project to improve Ecosystem Health and Build Resilience to Climate Change is SVG’s project to meet the goals of the afore mentioned CCCCC project.
This project has two main strategic elements which it will focus on:
- Mainstream climate change adaptation strategies into the sustainable development agenda of the CARICOM Member States.
- Promote the implementation of specific adaptation measures to address key vulnerabilities in the region. This element of the strategy seeks to strengthen the climate resilience of the most vulnerable sectors by supporting the dissemination of successful adaptation measures, some of which are already being implemented in the region. Specifically the strategy seeks to address the impacts of climate change on (a) water supply, (b) coastal and marine ecosystem, (c) tourism (d) coastal infrastructure and (e) health which combined represents the largest threats to the well being of the CARICOM countries.
The overall objectives of the project are:
- To restore the environmental integrity of the South Coast Marine Conservation area by improvement in natural marine ecosystem and increase fish biomass.
- To prevent and reduce to acceptable levels land and marine based stressors and improve the ambient marine water quality.
The anticipated outcomes of the project include:
- Rehabilitation of the natural coral reef ecosystem to improve ecosystem health and increase overall fish biomass to build ecosystem resilience.
- The restoration of the shoreline and marine environment at the South Coast Marine Conservation area to build coastal resilience to Climate Change.
- The enhancement of the tourism and recreational integrity of the South Coast Marine Conservation Area to protect social and economic livelihoods against climate-related impacts.
This project officially launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on December 12th, 2016.
For More information on the CCCCC and similar Climate change related projects funded through the KfW, see the following website link: http://www.caribbeanclimate.bz/ongoing-projects/2014-2019-coastal-protection-for-climate-change-adaptation-in-the-small-island-states-in-the-caribbean-kfw.html
Climate Change lecture at the Calliaqua Anglican School
The South Coast Marine and Coastal Rehabilitation Adaptation Project to Improve Ecosystem Health and Build Resilience to Climate Change held their first lecture at the Calliaqua Anglican School on the June 5th, 2018. The presentation was facilitated by Mrs. Abena White of National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority and focused on Climate Change.
Marine Protected Area Management Lecture
Second lecture for the South Coast Marine and Coastal Rehabilitation Adaptation Project to Improve Ecosystem Health and Build Resilience to Climate Change project was held on Wednesday June 6th, 2018, and was facilitated by Mr. Andrew Lockhart, Superintendent of Marine and Terrestrial Parks at the NPRBA. The presentation focused on Marine Protected Area Management and was presented to approximately 60 third form students.
Watershed Management Lecture
Third lecture for the 5 C’s project held at the St. Clair Dacon Secondary School. The lecture was held on Thursday June 7th, 2018, and was facilitated by Mr. Casmus McLeod, Forestry Supervisor. The presentation focused on Watershed Management.
Soil and Water Conservation
The fourth lecture under the Public Awareness component of the Project took place at the Fair Hall Government School on Tuesday June 12th, 2018. It was facilitated by Mr. Gerthyn Bascombe and Mr. Damion Dublin from the Ministry of Agriculture. Their presentation was titled ‘Soil and Water Conservation’ and was well received by approximately 54 students in Grades 4 and 5.
Proper Garbage Disposal Lecture
The Fifth lecture under the 5 C’s project took place on Wednesday June 13th, 2018 at the Sion Hill Government School. The presentation was facilitated by Mr. Greg Francois of the Solid Waste Management Unit, Central Water and Sewerage Authority. The topic of ‘Proper garbage disposal’ was well received by forty-four (44) students in Grades 4 and 5, particularly the catch phrase “It is easier to bin it and bag it, than drop it and grab it”.
Impacts of Climate Change and Anthropogenic Stressors on Coastal and Marine Resources
The sixth lecture under the Public Awareness component of the 5C’s Project took place at the Brighton Methodist School on Thursday June 14th,2018. It was facilitated by representatives of the Sustainable Development Unit, Ms. Nyasha Hamilton and Teshana Thomas. Their presentation addressed the Impacts of Climate Change and anthropogenic stressors on Coastal and Marine Resources, and saw the participation of more than 100 enthusiastic students from Grades 2 to 5.
The final lecture under the Public Awareness component of the Project was executed on Friday June 15th, 2018 at the Sugar Mill Academy. The presentation was facilitated by the Project’s National Coordinator, Mr. Hayden Billingy who presented on Environmental Issues. It was well received with by eighty-nine (89) students in Grades K to 4 and Grade 6.
MANGROVES RESTORATION IN THE SOUTH COAST MARINE CONSERVATION AREA
On Monday September 17th, 2018 the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) through the South Coast Marine and Coastal Rehabilitation Adaptation Project to Improve Ecosystem Health and Build Resilience to Climate Change (SCRPCC) executed the planting of over 280 seedlings at Canash Beach & Great Head Bay. The various mangroves seedlings included three species of Red Mangrove, White Mangrove and Buttonwood.